Jesus in India, an account missing from the bible

The Bible, which is a key authoritative source of the Christian faith, gives a detailed account of the life and times of Jesus; from his birth, to death, to his resurrection, and ultimate ascension.However, there is one particular area which the bible leaves out either by design or default on this account. Where was Jesus between the ages of 13 to the ages of 30? The bible reveals nothing on his whereabouts during this period. This topic has been a subject of speculation and debate over the years.

Since the answer to this question cannot be found within the bible, we are forced to look at other sources which bear a credible outlook. The first account is by a Yogi named Paramahansa Yogananda in his book “autobiography of a yogi” where he boldly claims that the three wise men who followed the star east to visit Jesus were in fact Yogananda’s spiritual masters comprising of Mahavatar Babaji, Sri Yukteswar, and Lahiri Mahasaya. He further states that Jesus in his teens made a visit to India to study under these spiritual masters in an effort to refine and finally execute his mission here on earth.

Another interesting account is by a 19th century Russian Jewish adventurer and writer known as Nicolas Notovich, who in one of his adventures in 1887, visited and stayed in several monasteries across the Himalayas. During his stay in these monasteries he heard a lot of stories, but one story in particular stood out for him; the story of a great prophet who had come from the Palestine named Issa whom they described as one who was greater than all the Dalai Lamas. He was told how this Prophet Issa had lived and preached among the people in India, and how later he returned to Palestine where was tortured and killed, and that later his teachings were embraced.

Notovich was astounded by these accounts as there were striking similarities between the Prophet being described and Jesus. Notovich later visited the largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh famously known as the Hermis Monastery. After exchanging pleasantries with the Chief Lama, he brought up the subject of the Prophet Issa, the Chief Lama confirmed that it was true and that at one point Jesus had visited the monastery. The Chief Lama further stated that there were numerous scrolls within the Hermis library which described the lives and times of the Buddha Issa and that he would avail them to Notovich if he ever returned to Hermis.

Not long afterwards Notovich returned to Hermis and on his return, true to his word the Lama availed the ancient sacred scripts to him detailing the life of Jesus during his stay in India. Through these manuscripts, Notovich made an interesting discovery to what had happened to Jesus during the gospel’s missing years. The manuscripts revealed that indeed Jesus had come to India where He spent the first six years in the ancient cities of Rajgir and Puri learning, from there He went to the Hermis monastery in the Himalayas to study Buddhism, finally the accounts reveal that he traveled back to Palestine through Persia preaching and teaching along the way.  

 Notovich compiled an account on the discoveries he had made. Thereafter, he shared these discoveries with some religious and government officials but came to no consensus with any of them on how they should proceed with the manuscripts.

Notovich finally decided that the best course of action would be to publish the manuscripts into a book, which he finally did in 1894 in France and gave it the title “The Unkown Life of Jesus Christ.” The book, as expected elicited a lot of controversies with several key figures dismissing the claims made by Notovich in the book. However, there are as many if not more credible sources, among them Swami Abhedananda a disciple of Rama Krishna who corroborated the evidences and claims made by Notovich on this account that indeed Jesus spent the missing gospel years in India.
Well, these two sources, more so the latter sound rather credible to me though it is still a subject for debate.

There are people out there who in-spite of such evidences  still refute these claims by stating that in the Jewish tradition, only important events during one’s life are documented, and that Jesus by virtue of being a Jew was no different. They claim that Jesus spent the missing gospel years with his family in Jerusalem and that the 3 years culminating to his resurrection were important that’s why they were documented after the missing period from age 12.

What do you think?

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